09 Mar '11, 7am

S'pore can't let its guard down against terrorism, says Shanmugam

SINGAPORE: Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said Singapore cannot afford to let down its guard even though it has been successful in preventing terrorist attacks in the past. Speaking in Parliament during the debate on the estimates for his ministry, Minister K Shanmugam said in addition to the threat from foreign terrorist groups, Singapore has not been spared from the threat of individuals who are radicalised through exposure to online jihadist material. The security agencies have detained four such self-radicalised individuals so far. Mr Shanmugam stressed that tackling the threat of terrorism cannot be done by any government acting alone. He added that a vigilant and cohesive community played a crucial role in countering the spread and influence of jihadist ideology. "Singapore continues to be an attractive terrorist target. Mr Alvin Yeo is right to say that the natur...

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